Soulful. Genuine. Refreshing. These are the words most used in describing Dan Bankhurst and his unique approach to music. With roots in rock, blues, soul, funk, and jazz, the popular, Nashville-based guitarist taps into these influences in bringing a new facet (and groove) to traditional and contemporary fingerstyle guitar playing.
Considered one of the most talented, promising, and original young guitarists performing today, Dan has shared the stage with many of the best fingerstyle guitarists on the planet including Phil Keaggy, Muriel Anderson, Jim Nichols, Thom Bresh, John Knowles, Brent Mason, Johnny Hiland, and the late Pete Huttlinger (who produced Dan’s critically-acclaimed first CD, “At First Sight” …in 2013). Dan’s second acclaimed solo CD, “Tradition Pickin,’” was released in 2015 and paid tribute to the Mount Rushmore of Fingerpicking Masters: Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, and Jerry Reed.
Dan, who won the International Home of the Legends Thumbpicking Competition in 2013 (along with a new Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar), has performed repeatedly at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention, appeared at the Chet Atkins Tribute Show in Nashville in 2014, and was recently invited to showcase his fingerpicking talents on Steve Krenz’s Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar Series, and gave a special fingerstyle guitar demonstration at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Dan’s popularity as a performer continues to grow as audiences across the country and in Europe discover his appealing blend of superb musicianship, a wide range of styles, and a warm, likeable, engaging stage presence that easily connects with people of all ages.
Thank you my friends, for allowing me to host you these past 3 years. Special thanks to those who came to The Acoustic Den Cafe Saturday afternoon. It was a heartfelt pleasure to share some of my music with you (I warned you about my lack of rehearsal.) But you were, as you always have been, gracious and considerate of the musician on stage.
The second to last song that I sang was "As Friends" which I wrote in 1980, inspired by my friend in Chicago. As I said when I announced the song, I added a final verse to the song yesterday morning, dedicated to all of you.
To have understanding, supporting a cause Accepting shortcomings, accepting the flaws Ever believing and never deceiving As friends Until the end...
Thank you my friends.
One last thing on yesterday, an earring was found on the floor at a table near the door.
“Friday Nite with Hilary Scott singer song writer was amazing! Her voice is pure and wonderful and her songs were so good we had to buy her latest CD: Freight Train Love which I can't stop playing! Had a great time!”
“So far I've been to different open mics and Acoustic Blues Tuesdays. It's always a lot of fun. There's a wide range of talent & abilities from people who are helpful, supportive and non-judgemental. P.S. The sliders and chocolate chip cookies are killer!”
- Kurt W
The Acoustic Den Cafe
10271 Fairway Dr, Ste 120
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 412-8739